Let Bags Fly for Families Facing Cancer!

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Cornhole for Cancer is an endeavor of For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation (FPS), a nonprofit charity that believes in the power of respite to change the lives of cancer patients and their families!

With your support, FPS shares the gift of transformational time with families, giving them a respite from living with cancer to refresh, reconnect and rejuvenate! The pandemic has made cancer even more isolating for families and has also made fundraising events difficult. So, we created Cornhole for Cancer that allows communities to gather in a safe way and raise funds for families in the FPS respite program!

So, let the Bags Fly!

Cornhole for Cancer is Presented by Global Packaging

How It Works

This is a mobile cornhole tournament and we supply everything you need for a successful tournament! Boards, bags, brackets, scoring towers, tables, a sound system, generator, music, mobile friendly scoring technology – we bring it to you! We even provide a tournament coordinator and 2 assistants to manage registration, set up the boards with your volunteers, and ensure your event is timely, fun, and fantastic for all participants! As the tournament coordinator, you are in charge of securing a venue, recruiting 6-12 volunteers, promoting the event, and meeting our fundraising/registration minimums! The location must be in NJ, DE, MD, NY, or PA.

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Host a Tournament

We offer three types of cornhole play (double elimination, round robin, and switcholio) and three models by which to host a tournament.  Click here to read more about the different models and choose the best one for you! Then sign up below to get started.  Any questions, please call our office at 267.708.0510 and we can help decide which one is right for you!

Register for a Tournament

The cost to register is $30 per person or $60 for your team.  Most tournaments require team registration and some tournaments offer spectator admission for a nominal donation. Upcoming tournaments are listed below; each tournament has its own event page and dedicated event registration form, so be sure to choose the correct one!  Once registered, you will receive and email confirmation and future communications about tournament play!

First Annual Nor-Gwyn Cornhole Tournament

Date: POSTPONED!
Location: North Wales, PA 19454
Host: Nor Gwyn Baseball and Softball

Salamone Cornhole Tournament

Date: June 19, 2021
Location: Archbishop Ryan
Host: Gwen and Rich Salamone

Maryanne Pastry SIC Cornhole Tournament

Date: July 9, 2021
Location: Excursion Park, Sea Isle City, NJ
Host: Maryanne Pastry Shoppe

Global Packaging Employee Cornhole Tournament

Date: *Private event*
Location: Oaks, PA
Host: Global Packaging

FPS Mission in Action

Rich is a father to two children, Gavin and Emma, and a loving husband to his wife, Gwen. Rich was diagnosed with Colon Cancer in May 2016 and has undergone extensive treatment including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Rich’s oncology team at Abramson Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA nominated him to receive a Travel Respite experience at Davenport Florida in April 2017. His team knew that he needed time with his family to relieve stress and reconnect. Your support helps us give this gift to families each month!

“It was the perfect timing for my family. We enjoyed each other’s company each and every day. We grew closer as a family. This was the best vacation for my wife. She was able to be forget about the cancer and spend time with the kids, which she could not do when I was sick. My kids had a blast. With me being sick there is not much to do at home. The one-on-one time we shared with the kids was great!

You start to have a positive outlook at life again. My wife and kids have become closer to me. We do not get a lot of time together so this week was great!” – Rich

Since Rich’s respite in 2017, he and his family have found many ways to pay it forward to the next family in need of a break from cancer. The family, along with their friends, attended a Cornhole for Cancer fundraiser in October 2020 and had a fantastic time. Immediately the family knew that their next fundraising activity would be for them to host their own cornhole tournament in their community. Thank you to the Salamone family for their amazing support of the FPS mission and Cornhole for Cancer.

Sponsorship

Interested in supporting Cornhole for Cancer on a Regional Level? For Pete’s Sake offers sponsorship opportunities for this initiative!

Presenting Sponsor

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Air Mail Sponsor

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can Cornhole for Cancer help my company/community?

Cornhole is a great game to get everyone engaged! Check out this article that explains why Cornhole is a must have marketing opportunity for your company and group! https://customcorntoss.com/5-reasons-cornhole-tournament-ultimate- marketing-event. Cornhole for Cancer is great for networking & team building opportunities! The Scoreholio software, makes it easy to set-up the tournament so that players register individually and then are matched with different players for all four games. So technically, you randomly switch partners and get to play with someone different each game.

Being together is important and cornhole is one of the few activities that can be done safely, outside. So, it is a great way to bond people of all ages, skill levels, backgrounds and abilities! So, take the initiative to get one organized and bring Cornhole for Cancer to your community. This type of event is perfect for schools, sports groups, independent/assisted living facilities, religious groups, service groups, fraternity/sororities, and any other groups that are looking for a family fun activity!

How do I get started?

To begin, we encourage you to read the Event Information and these FAQ’s to familiarize yourself with the Cornhole for Cancer concept and execution process. There are some major considerations including who will host the event, what model you will choose (found in Event Information), the location of the tournament and the date (with a rain date). Once you have made a decision to do host an event please complete the Host a Cornhole Tournament Form on this website.  Once After the form is submitted, the FPS office will call you within 48 business hours to get the process started. Once When your date/time/event details are confirmed, FPS will supply a customized registration form and URL page for your event specifically, and you will be able to share this your players. Further, this page can also list any additional information pertinent to your tournament specifically and any sponsors you may want to recognize. This webpage will become the hub for all registration and information pertaining to your tournament.

Once the tournament is up and running, FPS takes care of every detail and will communicate with all participants via email and text. We assign teams and courts, organize brackets and ensure that there is registration material for all attendees. FPS even provides the tents, tables and monitors so people can take a break from the sun and watch play that is happening. Prior to the event, all players will receive detailed instructions and a map of the tournament set up.

What is my goal and will you help me with reaching my goal?

The goal is to raise awareness and funds to support the For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation mission and make it worthwhile for us to come and orchestrate your tournament, we recommend a goal of $6,000. At a minimum, we can come if you are able to raise $3,000 with team registrations and other ideas contained in our fundraising kit.  We will provide you a detailed fundraising guide and expert advice on ideas that help you reach your goal.

What other ways can I raise money to reach my fundraising goals – Raffles / Sponsorship / Donations / Dedicate a Court?

A fundraising kit is available to all tournament hosts.  This kit will provide practical advice and guidance on raising additional funds, from raffles and sponsors to merchandise sales and silly games that you could include in your event experience.  We encourage you to find event sponsors to help you reach your fundraising goal! You can create signage for them at the event and give them team registrations.  An event sponsorship packet template will be provided to any tournament host who is interested in adding this fundraising initiative to their tournament.

In addition, tournament participants can dedicate a court in honor or memory of a loved one.  There will be a prompt to do this on the registration page and you can simply follow the directions. To do this requires a $50 donation and all of these donations will count towards your fundraising goal and are restricted gifts to offset our respite costs throughout the year.

Is this fundraising information appliable in a Shared Partnership tournament type?

The answer to this is no. As explained in the Event Information, this tournament type requires a minimum of $3,000 donation and proceeds are distributed post tournament by FPS to the other nonprofit entity.

What marketing and promotional support can I expect when hosting a Cornhole for Cancer Tournament?

FPS will work with you to promote your tournament. To help you, we have designed a Cornhole for Cancer toolkit that has templates for social media posting, for posters, for press releases and for any other imaginable way to help spread the word. FPS will allow for posts on our social media platform for your tournament. FPS will also promote pictures of your event and report back to the community about your success!  All tournament hosts are encouraged to reach out to members of their local media about your event and in the toolkit, there are some samples for which you can use for this outreach.

If you have specific social media questions please contact Amber Mercado, who can walk you through any problem related to social media. Amber can be reached via email at amber@takeabreakfromcancer.org or by calling (267) 708-0510.

What are the different styles of tournament play?

We offer three forms of tournament play.

  1. The traditional method of play is a double elimination tournament that results in a final bracket. Every team is guaranteed two games.
  2. We also offer a Round Robin tournament style that guarantees every team will play four games. The bracket is then ranked after the round robin by record and points, and a single elimination playoff bracket is made with the top eight teams. Every team is guaranteed four games.
  3. The final method of play is a Switcholio, where players sign up individually and are randomly paired with different players in the Round Robinformat. This format is terrific for Chambers, parties and networking events. Again, every team plays four games.
How many people are on a team?

Each team has two players. The tournament is limited to 128 teams. If you have more than 128 teams that want to sign up, we would consider additional teams based on a case by case basis and our ability to staff the event with both personnel and supplies.

Can the boards be on hard surfaces like asphalt and soft surfaces like grass?

Yes. If you have the space for the boards and the land is flat, then set up is simple and it is irrelevant if play is on grass or asphalt.

How much space do I need to set up the boards?

We do ask you have a sizable parking lot or grassy area for the boards, and a good approximation for a maximum needed is half the size of a football field; this is for 128 teams and allows for ample social distancing. For less teams, account for about six feet per court in width and boards are placed 27 feet apart per regulation. Our current electronic scoring structure allow for us to accommodate 128 teams with 32 courts.

Can kids play on a shorter court?

Of course. We normally set the courts up for the regulation of 27 feet and can shorten the courts to either the child regulation of 24 feet or to a court length that you believe would be appropriate for your audience. We also bring two extra sets of boards that we set up for practice and for kids to play.

What do the boards look like?

We use standard cornhole boards assembled with 2×4’’s, so they are quite sturdy and there is no bouncing. Some of the boards in use have been decorated by FPS families and are used exclusively for Cornhole for Cancer. We hope you enjoy the artwork displayed on the boards! Remember, we bring all the boards so there is no reason that any player needs to supply a board.

Can I use my own bags?

Yes. Many cornhole players have individualized bags and they are welcome to use them. We do supply bags on every court that can be used.

What do I need to know about creating/joining a team?

Each team has two players and the tournament is limited to 128 teams.  The team members need to register together and choose a team name.  The more creative the names, the more fun the tournament can be. However, all names must be in good taste as our events are family friendly.  Each team will be randomly assigned the starting brackets. Prior to the event, FPS will communicate directly to all registrants so to manage expectations.

What do players need to know the day of the event?

Registration will begin thirty minutes prior to the start of play and teams simply have to check in with their team name, players names and email addresses. Once teams have checked in, they will proceed to the technology table for instructions on how to set up the scoring technology. It is suggested that all players download the Scoreholio app prior to coming to the tournament and we will help you set up the app for the tournament that day.

There will be two brackets, Bracket A and Bracket B, which will both contain 64 teams each. Courts within these brackets will be titled A1 through A16 for Bracket A and B1 through B16 for Bracket B. Once all teams have registered and as play is about to begin, you will receive a notification on your phone as to the court you will be playing at for the first game. Once you are assigned to a bracket at the start of play, all your games will take place on these bracket courts! Your phone notifications will continue as play is underway and will tell you what court in your bracket you will be playing on! It’s important that when you get a notification, you immediately go to that court and start play. This is how we are able to complete the tournament in a four-hour timeframe!

Further, each bracket will have a television monitor under the bracket tent that will depict who is playing and on what court. Therefore, if you don’t want to use your phone, we ask that you continually look at the monitor to keep on top of your team movement.

Are there tournament prizes?

Yes we give prizes, but they are not cash prizes. Rather, we work with the community organizer to provide prizes that are meaningful to both them and also to the FPS mission and taking a break! Some samples include gift cards for fun family activities and all winners from tournament in different areas are entered into a drawing for a stay at the FPS respite home in Florida.

Can we add a food element to the event?

We encourage it! Perhaps you want to add a food truck as part of the day or choose a venue that is part of a restaurant or catering hall with a large parking lot! This latter idea allows you to make the venue part of the experience itself and gives you access to food! FPS has a list of food truck vendors in PA which have been passed our screening test. Any other vendor you identify will have to be approved prior to the event and have the requisite insurance required by FPS and the local host. We always ask too that the food vendors provide a portion of the proceeds as a donation to the event.

Can participants set up camps and tents for themselves?

We encourage participants to bring their own chairs and tents, and if refreshments are not available for purchase at the event, then pack some food and beverages. The total tournament time is about four hours so be sure to have plenty of water! FPS does not provide any refreshments as part of the Cornhole for Cancer set up and execution.

What happens if it rains?

As part of the registration process, organizers are required to provide a rain date. Because of the bag material, the game cannot be played in inclement weather, so rain dates are important.  You will be notified by 5:00 pm the evening prior to the tournament and all registrants will get a text message and email about the postponement.  If the rain date also is rained out, we will work with the tournament host to find a mutually agreed upon date to host the event.  Please note, if a team/player is unable to attend the rain date their registration fee is nonrefundable, but is transferable.

Can I volunteer at a Cornhole for Cancer Tournament?

Yes, of course you can volunteer at a Cornhole for Cancer Tournament.  Each tournament requires a minimum of 6 volunteers.  Please note that players are unable to play and volunteer for the event. Our volunteers are critical to the electronic scoring process and will be ensuring that the tournament pace continues to move by imputing game scores.  Players may assist in set-up and break-down of the tournament, but are unable to volunteer during game time.  To sign up to be a volunteer, please email cornhole@takeabreakfromcancer.org.  Virtual training will be provided to all volunteers through a scheduled 45 minute video call.

What if I am having trouble with technology?

We have this covered too. In close proximity to the registration table is a technology table that will be manned throughout the tournament. Someone at this table will be able to help you. Also, this table will have an additional monitor that will show play of Bracket A and Bracket B.